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Care, Caregiving, Health, Neuroscience, Planning, Stress, TED Talks, TED Time

Planning for Stressful Moments & the 3 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Doctor

You may have noticed that we love technology, education and design. This makes us suckers for Ted Talks. They’re short, accessible, and offer insights and inspiration from innovative thinkers, cutting edge researchers, and passionate practitioners. So, we’re beginning a little series that is seriously called “Ted Time”, where we’ll periodically...
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Caregiving, CHEO, Developmental health, Health, Occupational Therapy, Parenting, Speech Therapy, Brad's Blog, Inspiration

What My Son Taught Me About Limits, Parenting and Listening to Experts

My son Cooper is five years old. He is a beautiful, amazing, hilarious bundle of joy. Everything changed for me the moment he was born. There’s nothing else like holding your child for the first time. Nothing else like the feeling that he needed me and his mom more than...
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Health, Kapuskasing, Ottawa, Small Towns, Brad's Blog

The 6 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Grew Up in a Small Town

I have a confession to make. I grew up in Kapuskasing (that’s not the confession part, hold on), 850 km northwest of Ottawa, population 8000. The confession is that I spent my whole childhood wishing, hoping, praying that I could leave. I did not appreciate growing up in a small...
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Anxiety, Basketball, DeMar DeRozan, Depression, Kevin Love, Mental Health, NBA, Inspiration

On DeMar DeRozan and the Power of Vulnerability

Being swept by Lebron and the Cavs again hurts. But in opening up about his depression this season, the Raptors’ star has done something powerful. In the midst of leading the Toronto Raptors to the greatest regular season in their history, DeMar DeRozan had the best year of his career....
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ICONIC, Joni Mitchell, Tony Robbins, Inspiration

What Tony Robbins, Joni Mitchell and I All Have in Common

We all experienced pain as kids. And we were never the same. In a good way. I didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. I initially became a respite worker because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids who were dealt a tough hand. My education...
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Inspiration

Edie Found Sunshine in the Little Things

A story of the wonderful, spunky woman who still inspires us. “You’d Never See Her Without A Smile” Before I joined Spark, I worked as an activities director at a retirement residence. I used to love crocheting with the ladies, it’s how I kept up to date with the latest...
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Brad's Blog, Inspiration, Spark Stories

Misfit: My Story of Family, Mental Illness and Belonging

Like my father and his father before him, I’ve battled anxiety all my life. I learned early how important it is to talk about it. It’s taken some time, but I’m finally ready to share my story. Bradley Bezan Home and Second Home I grew up in Kapuskasing, Ontario. Industry...
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Spark Updates

Invest Ottawa Names Spark Lifecare A 2013 Rising Star

Last year, Invest Ottawa celebrated Global Entrepreneurship Week by recognizing entrepreneurs who “hit major milestones during the year and contributed to the city’s startup ecosystem” with the Rising Star award. For this year’s festivities, a panel selected 19 startups from the city, and we were thrilled to be among the...
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Spark Updates

Watch This Globe and Mail Video On Why Brad Started Spark

“Whether it was outlined on the back of a paper napkin, it was financed by your sister’s mother-in-law’s next-door neighbour, or it was a desperation move after you were laid off by a corporation, we want to hear about how your small or medium-sized business got its start.”  That is...
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